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  1. Ag Energy Funding Opportunities The Dalles March 31, 2011

  2. Thank You • Stephanie Page – Renewable Energy Specialist, Oregon Department of Agriculture • Don Hollis – Rural Business Specialist, USDA Rural Development

  3. Benefits to Agriculture • Reduce irrigation pumping cost • In some cases increase yields • Natural resource benefits • Incentives available

  4. Incentives Menu • State • Federal • Public Utilities/Bonneville Power • Energy Trust of Oregon

  5. Business Energy Tax Credit (BETC) • Based on capital costs that will be recovered in a 15-year period • Energy efficiency projects (pumps, motors, lighting, etc.) receive 35% credit • Renewable energy projects receive 50% credit • Must apply for renewable BETC during application periods • http://www.oregon.gov/ENERGY/CONS/BUS/BETC.shtml

  6. Business Energy Tax Credit (BETC) Overview • Claimed over five years. • Special pass-through option • Maximum eligible costs are $20 million per project per year (or $10 million in credits at the 50% rate). http://www.oregon.gov/ENERGY/CONS/BUS/BETC.shtml

  7. Business Energy Tax Credit (BETC) • Must apply in advance!!! • For renewable BETC, must apply during allowed application period • Can begin project after applying • But - wait for certification if depending on credit to finance project http://www.oregon.gov/ENERGY/CONS/BUS/BETC.shtml

  8. Oregon Department of Energy: State Energy Loan Program (SELP) • 5 - 15 years • Fixed rate • Amounts range from $20,000 to $20 million http://egov.oregon.gov/ENERGY/LOANS/selphm.shtml

  9. Oregon Department of Agriculture: Irrigation Efficiency Grants The Oregon Departments of Agriculture (ODA) and Energy (ODOE) have awarded grants to several organizations to distribute to farmers and ranchers for irrigation efficiency improvements. Funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act awarded through the State Energy Program (SEP) Recipient organizations are: • Wy'East Resource Conservation & Development Council, • Columbia-Blue Mountain Resource Conservation & Development Council, • Wasco County Soil & Water Conservation District, • Sisters Irrigation District, DariTech, Inc., and • Klamath Soil & Water Conservation District.

  10. Rural Energy Programs fromUSDA Rural Development Vicki Walker, State Director Jeff Deiss, RBS Program Director

  11. Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) • Wind– turbines, small & large • Solar – PV or Thermal • Biomass & Bioenergy– biofuels(e.g., biodiesel) or electricity (e.g., biomass boilers & wood pellets) from renewable organic source materials • AnaerobicDigester – animal waste • Geothermal– electric or direct use • Energy Efficiency – commercial or farm buildings, irrigation systems New eligible categories! • Hydroelectric – micro-hydro • – but proven technologies only http://energy.ruraloregon.biz

  12. Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) • Agricultural Producers(50% or more of income from agriculture operation) • Small Rural Businesses(SBA size standards) Not eligible: Nonprofits & public entities Residential projects http://energy.ruraloregon.biz

  13. Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) • Accepting Application for FY 2011. • Can start project once complete application is submitted. • Application template is available on Oregon-RD’s web site. • Consider Hiring Grant Writer • Funding Notice anticipated http://energy.ruraloregon.biz

  14. Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) • Projects with greatest chance of success: • Small renewable energy projects • $20K or less (special set aside) • Small wind • Rooftop solar • Such projects submit simpler applications • No feasibility study is required • Energy efficiency projects • Energy savings >35% energy audit by a PE or CEM http://energy.ruraloregon.biz

  15. Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) “combos” (grants + guaranteed loans) • Combination cannot exceed 75% of project cost. Grant amount not to exceed 25%. • “Combo” projects may enjoy faster approval process & increased access to grants. • “Combo” requires a willing lender. http://www.wascoelectric.com/ http://energy.ruraloregon.biz

  16. Bonneville Power AdministrationAgriculture Energy Efficiency Program Component Measure • Irrigation Pump Testing and System Analysis • Irrigation System Upgrades • Irrigation Scheduling • Variable Frequency Drives • Freeze Resistant Stock Water Tanks/Fountains • Transformer De-energization • New Agricultural Construction • Other Agricultural Measures: low pressure & low energy conversion

  17. Contact • Wasco Electric • North Wasco PUD • Hood River Electric • Robert Wallace

  18. Energy Trust of Oregon Serving Private Utilities • Irrigation Equipment • Irrigation Pump Variable Frequency Drive • Irrigation System Conversions • Sprinklers, Nozzles and Gaskets • Motors + Drives http://energytrust.org/industrial-and-ag/incentives/agriculture/ Your Program Delivery Contractor (PDC) is Cascade Energy Engineering. Contact them at 503.287.8488.

  19. Thank You Merlin Berg Wy’East RC&D Coordinator 541-296-2391 x117